Who Do the Twins Have In Triple-A In 2012?

Lester Oliveros: Not in Triple-A?

As of yesterday, the Minnesota Twins and the Rochester Red Wings unveiled who would be starting the season at triple-A. A few names you could quite easily guess, and there might be a name or two missing. Here's how their roster looks as the season opens.

Pos Player Pos Player
C Drew Butera RHP Sam Deduno
C Rene Rivera RHP Cole DeVries
C J.R. Towles LHP Scott Diamond
IF Aaron Bates RHP Casey Fien
IF Ray Chang RHP Carlos Gutierrez
IF Brian Dozier RHP Jeff Manship
IF Michael Hollimon LHP Tyler Robertson
IF Tsuyoshi Nishioka RHP Anthony Slama
IF Matt Rizzotti RHP Daryl Thompson
OF Joe Benson RHP Esmerling Vasquez
OF Matt Carson RHP P.J. Walters
OF Brian Dinkelman RHP Brendan Wise
OF Rene Tosoni

Who's Missing?

Darin Mastroianni - With his defensive versatility, his speed, his on-base skills, and the fact that he's on the 40-man roster, I kind of assumed he'd be a sure shot.

Lester Oliveros - Aside for Mastroianni and Deolis Guerra, Oliveros is the only other player on the 40-man roster who isn't at Triple-A or the Majors. Most people thought he has a pretty good chance to break camp with the Twins this spring as one of their right-handed relievers. But he's starting the season in Double-A? That counds as a surprise.

Pedro Florimon - Okay, this may have been a bigger surprise a couple of months ago, before Nishioka, Hollimon and Rizzotti essentially claimed spots. Florimon was on the 40-man roster when he initially came into the organization last winter, but even though he was eventually removed it's interesting to note he's really not in the organization's view at all in terms of infield depth.

Phil Dumatrait - The team really liked him last year and stuck with him in spite of his underwhelming peripherals. He was brought back again this season, but seems to have been passed on the southpaw reliever depth chart. In fact - is he even still under contract with the organization? I can't find that he's been released.
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